Friday, February 23, 2024

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: A Cherished Betrothal by Denise Weimer

Book: A Cherished Betrothal

Author: Denise Weimer

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: January 23, 2024

He rescued her once, but a chance at love will require the ultimate sacrifice.

Alexander Morris bears the childhood scars of the Long Canes massacre that killed his brother and father. Forced by his dark past into the lonely life of Georgia Ranger, Alexander joins the bordering South Carolina Rangers in their revolt against the Crown. When he’s posted to the fort erected to defend the community once decimated by the massacre, duty demands he court the loyalty of his sworn enemies, the fierce Cherokee warriors.

Elspeth Lawrence never forgot the boy who sacrificed himself for her at Long Canes—any more than she forgot the younger sister taken captive. She’s learned not only to forgive, but also to help minister to the Cherokees at her father’s mission. When Alex Morris arrives at nearby Fort Charlotte, Elspeth finds her memories—and her emotions—stirred. He doesn’t even remember her…or the long-ago attack. But the bitterness that simmers just beneath his stoic exterior—as well as her courtship by a local landowner—challenge their undeniable bond.

When Alex uncovers a long-held secret and a plot to sabotage patriot talks with the Cherokees, he must choose between his desire for revenge and his love for the girl he rescued long ago.


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I truly enjoy Christian Historical Fiction Books. A Cherished Betrothal by Denise Weimer it is Book 3 in the Scouts of the Georgia Frontier Series. I have been enjoying this series from the beginning. 

The setting of the book is 1775 in South Carolina.  Alexander Morris will never forget the Long Canes massacre. He lost his father and brother and he has many visible scars from fighting. He has recently joined the South Carolina Rangers, leaving Georgia behind. His duty will be to defend the community that was torn apart by the Massacre and his enemies, the Cherokee Indians. Elspeth Lawrence remembers how she was saved during the Massacre with help from a boy. She has learned not only to forgive, but she has taken to ministering to the Cherokees through her dad's mission. Elspeth's emotions are all over the place when she discovers Alex Morris has arrived at Fort Charlotte. Alex was the one who rescued her and his has bitterness but there is also a bond that they cannot deny. Elspeth and her Dad have begun to minister to Alex and he seems interested in the faith. Alex is forced to choose between fighting for the Cherokees or a relationship with Elspeth due to a secret plot he uncovered.  Will Alex's bitterness soften as he grows in faith? Will there be a LOVE relationship between the pair?

WOW, this storyline is amazing right from the start.  Alex is an AMAZING character who is wanting to do the right thing and moves to South Carolina to leave his past behind. His reaction and not remembering Elspeth, were a little sad. I love that she was able to help him remember her. The bond between the pair is beautiful and watching Alex's heart change as he is ministered to. Elspeth's faith in God and helping the Cherokees makes the storyline just amazing. The book is about Faith, Family and LOVE. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Romance. WONDERFUL BOOK!

North Georgia native Denise Weimer has authored over a dozen traditionally published novels and a number of novellas—historical and contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and time slip. As a freelance editor and Acquisitions & Editorial Liaison for Wild Heart Books, she’s helped other authors reach their publishing dreams. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.


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That Event That Changed You Forever: The Backstory Catalyst of A Cherished Betrothal

Most of us can pinpoint it—a moment in time that forever altered us and the course of our lives. Maybe it was a place. Or a person. For good or bad, we can never go back to who we used to be. The good or bad depends on how we react to that moment, place, or person, doesn’t it? Whether we allow God to make us more like Him because of it.

Both the hero and heroine of my third novel in the Scouts of the Georgia Frontier, A Cherished Betrothal, live with such a moment. Experts in book plotting say our characters should have a dark moment in their backstory. For Alex Morris and Elspeth Lawrence, the Long Canes Massacre of 1760 is that dark moment. Together, they survived the attack of around a hundred Cherokee braves on a group of settlers fleeing across the South Carolina border into Georgia. Alex lost his father and brother, Elspeth her mother while her younger sister was taken captive. With the resilience of the Scots-Irish who formed a barrier between the colonies and the Native Americans, the Long Canes settlers returned to the border of South Carolina later that same year.

A Cherished Betrothal actually begins in 1775, with the South Carolina backcountry on the brink of revolution. Since the childhood attack, Alex has lost his sense of home. He draws his identity from his service as a Georgia and South Carolina Ranger (yes, this tale veers over the border into South Carolina and the fascinating history around the town of Ninety Six) and waits for the opportunity for revenge. He keeps his anger carefully banked, just as Elspeth hides her fear—especially when she has to face warriors who visit the mission for Cherokee children she runs with her minister father. She’s forgiven her enemies, but she can no more prevent her knees knocking upon sight of the braves than she can forget the boy who saved her life fifteen years ago.

It seems God has answered her prayers when Alex shows up at nearby Fort Charlotte. Only…he doesn’t remember her…or the dark moment that shaped both of their histories. Between Elspeth’s not-so-gentle pressure, a Cherokee boy Alex can’t shake as a shadow, and his commanders’ determination to court the Cherokees as allies for the Patriot cause, Alex is forced to look his past in the eye.

Pivoting between Fort Charlotte, the mission school, and the town of Ninety Six where Elspeth’s wealthy Loyalist admirer helps stir conflict, including the first battle of the Revolution in South Carolina, A Counterfeit Betrothal is a tale of unshakeable love and soul-deep healing. I loved this story so much when I was writing it, I wanted to move into Colonial Ninety Six. I hope you will too!

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To celebrate her tour, Denise is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Denise Weimer said... Best Blogger Tips

Your review made my day! So happy you enjoyed the book. It's my personal favorite of the series. :)

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

This is going to be such an awesome historical romance with all the historical details and faith-filled relationship.

Tami Vollenweider said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like such a great love story , almost like starting over to rekindle their love!!

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